I will have more mosquitos now that I have a pond. Mosquitos will only lay eggs in stagnant water. Your pond is constantly recirculating and therefore, creating movement. If the mosquitos happen to lay eggs in your pond and the larvae hatch, your fish will enjoy this treat and eat them off of the water’s surface. The skimmer will also take care of any larvae that might happen to be leftover from the fish (not likely).
My pond will have to be tested daily, just like I test my swimming pool daily. A pond is an entirely different body of water than swimming pools. Ponds and water gardens are naturally balanced and have their own ecosystem and do not need to be tested.
Predators will eat all of my fish. There has always been a thought among many in the water gardening community who feel that animals are going to swim in their pond and feast on their prized koi. Generally speaking, most critters that would find their way to your pond don’t swim. Even if they did, and they might, they probably wouldn’t be able to balance and take a swipe at your fish. Fish will more than likely get away from them if something is taking a crash swim into their territory.
If there is one predator that could get in and help themselves, it would be the blue heron. It is important to know that they are a protected species. In order to deter them from making your pond an eating stop, a motion-sensing sprinkler or a scarecrow could be enough to send them elsewhere. There are many pond owners that successfully keep their koi away from predators, and enjoy the beauty of these treasured fish for years. It is a good idea to incorporate protective measures such as a cavernous area or structure, or strategic placement of rocks during your pond’s construction. Even though this is a valid concern, it is no reason to shy away from enjoying a pond.
I have so many trees in my yard, I can’t possibly have a pond. Taking a cue from Mother Nature, trees with ponds or streams can peacefully co-exist. They do exist in nature. This will mean there is considerably more shade. More shade can help minimize algae blooms during the summer months. If your property has trees, it will have leaves falling in the pond, however, the process to clean out the skimmer is a small trade-off compared to the extreme enjoyment you will get from your water garden. During the fall, most pond owners will put a temporary fall netting to avoid the autumn leaves falling into the pond. Ponds Inc. has a fall maintenance program that incorporates the use of the netting. We install this temporary structure around the time the leaves start changing color, and return to remove it before the snow starts flying.
I’ll have to take my fish inside for the winter. As long as there are certain steps taken before the winter season hits, your fish will be able to stay in your pond over the winter. For one, it is important to keep a hole in the ice to allow naturally producing gases to escape. With the addition of a bubbler to keep the water oxygenated and a floating heater to keep a small hole in the ice, fish will hibernate at the bottom and as the water warms in spring, they will slowly wake up.
I need to drain and clean my pond or pondless waterfall regularly. A well-balanced ecosystem pond works with Mother Nature quite well. Cleaning a well-functioning pond should take place only once a year, or twice at most. Ideally, clean-out should be done in the spring, before the weather warms up. Ponds Inc. offers a spring maintenance program to help get your water garden or pondless waterfall ready for the summer.